3 more cVDPV1 cases, global update

The count of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) cases for 2021 has risen to four with three new infections reported to the GPEI (two in Boeni and one in South East). Relating to cVDPV2, the D R of Congo recorded five more cases from three provinces (South Ubangi, North Ubangi and Mongala) and there was one case each in Burkina Faso (Dori), Republic of Congo (Niari department), Guinea and Mali (Kayes).

Advice for travellers

Poliomyelitis is a potentially serious viral illness that is spread through contact with infected faeces or saliva. The risk to travellers is generally low, however vaccination is recommended for travel to affected regions and is a requirement for travel to/from some countries. If at risk, adults should have a booster to the childhood series. More on polio.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.